Machine Gun Kelly Was a Clue on Jeopardy!
Machine Gun Kelly, who found himself in the crosshairs of metalheads this fall due to a public spat with Slipknot frontman Corey Taylor, was a clue on the long-running TV game show Jeopardy! on December 27. MGK haters / Taylor supporters everywhere will be delighted to know that none of the contestants got the question right.
In a category called “Musical 3-Initialers,” the $800 clue read as follows, accompanying a photo of Kelly and his girlfriend, actress Megan Fox: “The stage name of this rapper and actor gets shortened to MGK.”
“Not fans of Machine Gun Kelly, apparently,” host Ken Jennings chimed in when the clue went unanswered.
Kelly joins Rammstein, Rob Zombie, Tool, Morbid Angel, Obituary, Five Finger Death Punch, Pantera and Motörhead as metal or metal-adjacent acts to be featured on Jeopardy! in recent years.
You can watch the Jeopardy! segment with Kelly as a clue below.
Kelly made headlines in September when he ripped on Slipknot on-stage at Chicago’s Riot Fest. Both Slipknot and MGK closed out the fest, playing on different stages at the same time. In an apparent response to ‘Knot frontman Corey Taylor telling an interviewer that he hates “the artists who failed in one genre and decided to go rock,” Kelly told the Riot Fest audience that Slipknot were “old weird dudes with masks” and he was happy that he isn’t “50 years old wearing a fucking weird mask on a fucking stage.”
When Metal Twitter started giving MGK a hard time about what he said, he attempted to defend himself by asserting that Taylor was just “mad” because he “did a verse for a song on [Tickets to My Downfall[ album, it was fucking terrible, so i [sic] didn’t use it.” Taylor fired back by sharing a private e-mail exchange in which he declined to be on Tickets to My Downfall after Kelly asked for changes to Taylor’s proposed guest-verse.
Then, at the Louder Than Life festival, the rapper was met with a chorus of boos and a sea of middle fingers. Afterwards, Kelly posted on social media, “i don’t know why the media lies in their narrative against me all the time but all i saw was 20,000 amazing fans at the festival singing every word and 20 angry ones.” At the Aftershock festival a couple of weeks later, he was pelted with bottles and branches during his performance.